Oct. 17, 2003
There are many factors that play a role in having a successful season. A team has to have talent, a little luck, and perhaps, most importantly, chemistry. The Florida State women’s basketball team, which starts practice for the 2003-04 season on Saturday, October 18th, took a step closer in building that chemistry on Thursday when the Seminoles participated in the FSU Challenge Course at the Seminole Reservation.
The FSU Challenge Course, which is going into its 10th year of existence in 2004, is an exercise in which a combination of problem-solving type challenges are put together and a group tries to solve those problems. It is an assortment of problems as some are physical challenges and some of them are mental. About 100 groups a year participate in the FSU Challenge Course from athletic teams to student organizations, corporate groups, university administration, sororities and fraternities – even the Mayor’s Office has sent a group out.
On Thursday, the Seminoles spent the afternoon participating in the Challenge which consisted of six or seven elements, from walking through the woods in a connected line, with blindfolds on, to the Amoeba Walk in which the group of 14 were gathered and tied together with a rope and had to get from point A to point B. There were exercises that required immediate mental planning and implementation. Team leaders emerged as did team followers.
“In each one of these challenges, they learn something about themselves but they also learn a little bit more about the group that they wouldn’t otherwise have known or seen,” Patty Malarney, Associate Director of Campus Recreation said. “They have fun together, but they are learning a lot about each other at the same time. They are also learning to get a long together with each other and learning how to solve problems together, which carries over in whatever workplace or sports team that they are involved in. They don’t realize how much they are learning because they are having so much fun. I think that is the neatest part.”
The Challenge leaders wore t-shirts that read: I hear and I forget, I see and I believe, I do and I understand – simple words with great meaning and now words with great understanding for the Seminoles.
“We’ve talked a lot about the core values of our program being character, competency and
chemistry, so this is an important step in building our chemistry by coming out and allowing them to interact as leaders and followers on a team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It is great to see them put their minds together and come up with the best way to accomplish a task. It is fun to watch the leaders emerge and to have some instruction on how to follow as well as how to lead.”
“I think both Lauren and Tasheika have earned and proven their leadership skills in our preseason,” Semrau said. “I like the fact that our team recognized a post player and a wing/guard player. They are both so capable of leading our team this year. Each has overcome adversity to be in the position that they are in now and that speaks volumes about the type of people they are.”
The Seminoles will practice from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. After a successful preseason, Semrau is excited to get the team onto the court.
“It’s great to be starting practice with everybody healthy,” Semrau said. “We play our first exhibition in just two weeks which gives us a shorter time to prepare, but having 10 returning players on the court will make it easier for our newcomers to make the transition. I feel good about where we are heading into practice and I’m excited to see what the team can do.”